Labour MP enjoyed £20,000 trip from Saudi Arabia after Corbyn slammed the country for butchering journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The Sun Politics 5 days ago

A FREEBIE trip worth £20,000 from Saudi Arabia was given to a Labour MP — despite Jeremy Corbyn attacking the country for butchering a journalist.

Frontbencher Imran Hussain visited Saudi following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Labour frontbencher Imran Hussain got a freebie worth £20,000 from Saudi Arabia

Shadow justice minister Mr Hussain, 41, was given flights, accommodation and food for two people — just weeks after his party leader had blasted the desert kingdom.

Mr Hussain declared the trip as part of the religious Hajj pilgrimage over five days in August — but he stayed in Saudi for an extra six days.

Mr Khashoggi, 59, was murdered inside the Saudi embassy in Turkey last October.

The killing sparked international condemnation and led to demands for sanctions.

Labour called for strong action against the Saudi authorities, including a ban on all UK arms sales to the Middle East state.

It also demanded an end to UK backing for the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi insurgents in Yemen.

Mr Corbyn spoke out ahead of ex-PM Theresa May’s meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in June.

He said: “She should confirm the UK government will immediately stop selling arms to his regime and hold him to account over the horrific murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

Last night a Labour source said: “This reeks of double standards.

“We can’t have the party leadership taking a hard line and then a member of the top team taking a huge donation.”

The trip, including visits to Jeddah, Mecca and Medina, was declared in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and donated by the Saudi Arabia UK embassy.

A spokesperson for Mr Hussain said: “This was a personal Hajj pilgrimage, unrelated to Imran’s frontbench role.”

Jeremy Corbyn attacked Saudi Arabia from the despatch box in March last year

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